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Adventure Facilitation & Education (Top Up)

The BA Hons Adventure Facilitation and Education Degree provides a part-time distance learning  opportunity for students employed or volunteering within the outdoor and adventure education sector.

Three possible step-on/step-off points enable prospective students with varying blends of experience, professional and academic qualifications to engage with us at Levels 4, 5 or 6. 

Students who have completed a Foundation Degree or HND in Outdoor Education or a related subject area could join to study at Level 6 and secure an Honours Degree, while students with lower levels of academic attainment could engage at levels 4 or 5 and continue all the way to BA Hons, or step-off with a Foundation Degree following successful completion of Level 5.

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Course Length:

1 Year Full Time

Student view

Greg Arding
“The residential experience gave us room to apply theory to all our sessions and being made to think straight away has set the tone. The course has a really good work ethic.”
Craig Lindsay

“This degree has catapulted my career forwards, I have really benefited

Course content

The programme highlights  our commitment to widening participation to Higher Education by providing a more flexible mode of study and allowing access to those unable to study full-time.

The course content draws on your existing knowledge and experience and develops the theory to practice links that are essential for an effective facilitator.

The flexible mode of delivery recognises that you are likely to be in employment.

The course content draws on your existing knowledge and experience and develops the theory to practice links that are essential for an effective adventure facilitator. In addition to an independent research project, you will complete 5 modules.

The course provides a supportive transition from FDAE and HND study.

  • Earn as you learn
  • Work place learning supported by short University based learning periods
  • Flexible assessment points, graduate when you have sufficient credits
  • Use your learning opportunities to the benefit of your work place
  • Progression to postgraduate qualifications including Masters Degrees and PGCE

Our facilities

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets
  • Biomechanics laboratories
  • Physiology laboratories
  • Sports Injury Clinic and teaching clinic

Where this can take you

A wide range of professional opportunities await Adventure Education graduates from Chichester.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Recent data revealed that over 50% of our graduates work in education having gained qualified teacher status working in schools, colleges and outdoor adventure contexts.

Other popular choices for our graduates are in adventure tourism, recreation and leisure management, the military and the police. A small but growing number of graduates have set up their own adventure-based business either in the UK or overseas.

Many graduates have continued with their studies gaining Masters Degrees in physiology, psychology and education. Some graduates have also gained scholarships for doctoral studies leading to lecturing in Higher Education and research in the UK and overseas.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.  Whilst these degrees will prepare you for a career in the rapidly growing field of adventure education it also provides an opportunity for students who simply wish to further their understanding of adventure education in an applied context.


In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we have developed a student and graduate internship scheme.  Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines who register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for carefully-matched internships. *

This programme aims to ensure that students will graduate with:

  • A focused high-quality CV
  • Interview and selection centre preparation
  • The ability to identify and articulate transferable skills
  • Experience of a recruitment process
  • Substantive relevant work experience
  • Workplace skills

As part of the programme we aim to:

Provide a free matching service to identify the needs and aspirations of both graduates and employers.

Identify and promote short-term student employment opportunities with a focus on specific sectors.

Ensure that there is a range of opportunities to be provided including internships of both short and long duration.

Sign-posting Chichester graduates to other universities’ internship schemes in their home area, where available.

* Gaining an internship is the result of a competitive interview process with the prospective employer so an internship cannot be guaranteed. The programme is intended to provide a progressive work experience package tailored both to your course and your career aspirations on graduation.


Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Adventure facilitation
  • Adventure centre work
  • Management of outdoor centres
  • Management development
  • Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Youth work
  • Outdoor centre work

Indicative modules

The modules have been specifically designed to enhance your ability as a facilitator, the flexible mode of delivery and assessment allows you to manage your learning and work commitments.

  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Soft Skills Facilitation
  • Applied Coaching
  • Advanced Pedagogical Skills
  • Adventure Environments

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Teaching and assessment

How do we teach?

You’ll build subject knowledge and practical experience through core modules in all years with option modules allowing you to specialise more in years two and four. Learning centres on theory in practice where each module will have practical application of academic frameworks to relevant outdoor and adventure activities and contexts. The work placement year develops your practical skills, knowledge of the diverse nature of the outdoor sector, theory in practice and professional skills.

Teaching comprises of:

  • small group lectures
  • small group practicals to allow for maximum personal skill progression
  • blended practicals focussing on bringing theory to life
  • off-campus visits
  • laboratory practicals
  • small group seminars
  • individual tutorials
  • residential filed trips

How will you be assessed?

You will typically study four modules each semester with each module worth 15 credits to gain 120 credits to complete each academic level. Modules are assessed usually at the end of each semester with most modules having at least two modes of assessment.

Assessment comprises of:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • practical
  • plans and proposals
  • portfolios
  • commentaries and reviews
  • short exams

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